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More assurances for Congress...France to do airstrikes...Message from Toronto mayor

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 18, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Top administration officials have again been reassuring Congress -- and the public -- that there are no plans to involve U.S. troops in ground combat in Iraq or Syria. The assurances came as the Senate moved toward a vote on President Barack Obama's request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants. Those militants, meanwhile, have released a new video today -- showing a British journalist who says he is their prisoner.

PARIS (AP) — France has agreed to carry out airstrikes requested by Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group. But France's president says his country won't go beyond airstrikes in support of the Iraqi military or Kurdish forces. And he says French planes won't attack targets in Syria, where the Islamic State group also has captured territory.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says $46 million in new assistance that the U.S. will provide to Ukraine's military will help the country defend against Russian aggression. Obama, however, stopped short of meeting an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal aid to help his country in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. Obama met with Poroshenko today in the Oval Office.

TORONTO (AP) — Just hours before the start of chemotherapy, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has released an audio statement, in which he urges people to support his brother for mayor. Ford is going to undergo treatment for a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer that forced him to drop his bid for re-election. He had earlier refused to leave the race, amid scandals over drug and alcohol abuse.

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities in Arizona have released more details on the allegations against Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer. They say he head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances -- and that he punched her in the face the next day. Dwyer is now free on $25,000 bond after spending a night in jail. He's facing aggravated assault charges, and he's been deactivated from all team activities.

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